Quaggy Development Trust

Nature

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We know that building a strong bond with nature is critical to the future of the planet.
The more our children appreciate the natural world, the more likely they are to want
to protect and preserve it. To really connect with nature, it is important that children
spend time outdoors doing things that really fire their imagination whatever their
other interests. We are working at developing this through our Eco work at Quaggy.
Of course, it is not just important for children, spending time in green space or
bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical
wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising
outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can: improve
your mood.
Nature is an important need for many and vital in keeping us emotionally,
psychologically, and physically healthy.
Regarding mental health benefits, nature has a very wide definition. It can mean
green spaces like parks, woodland or forests and blue spaces like rivers,
wetlands, beaches, or canals. It also includes trees on an urban street, private
gardens, verges and even indoor plants or window boxes. Surprisingly, even
watching nature documentaries is good for our mental health. This is great news
as it means the mental health benefits of nature can be made available to nearly
every one of us, no matter where we live.
Research suggests that exposure to sunlight impacts your body’s serotonin levels –
a chemical that plays a vital role in your mood. Getting regular exposure to daylight
can help raise your spirits and improve your focus.
So why not go for a walk and really take notice of the beauty around you, take in
the colours of the leaves changing, feel the freshness in the air and the
sensation of the ground beneath your feet. Just spend that little bit longer
appreciating the nature around you and you will notice an instant positive impact!
Catherine Taylor
Office Lead

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